Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe

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Tongue in cheek but it's technology citizenship

If you commute via Sidcup or New Eltham you can sign up to warn other commuters by SMS if there are problems with the trains (and get warnings yourself if somone beats you to the station). The SMS service behind this Kapow! has also published some "traditional British railway excuses" in five different languages so you can show it to a puzzled tourist: I'm not sure that 'the wrong kind of snow' makes sense in any language.

It's a slightly silly story, but this kind of contribution culture is what lightweight technology like SMS is very good at. So far we've had celebrity stalking and flash mobs - real time warnings about broken trains is less glamorous but much more useful.
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